Former Flying Eagles Captain and current Manchester United striker, Odion Ighalo has disclosed the real reason why he ended his international career with the Super Eagles.
Ighalo said he had to quit international career shortly after winning the top scorer award at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
The Shanghai Shenhua-owned player says he needs to concentrate on his club career because of the distance from China to Nigeria and back whenever he is called to play for national team duties was wearing him out.
According to Ighalo who was on Instagram Live with Ghanaian journalist Nana Aba Anamoah, said he made the decision at the right time, pointing out that there are interesting and exciting young and intelligent players in the Super Eagles team.
“I got injured in the third-place game with Tunisia, in the first half I pulled my hamstring, I have been having problems with my hamstring even before the tournament,” Ighalo said.
“I had to stop because the distance it is too long from China to Nigeria for I am not getting young again and we have a lot of young exciting and upcoming players coming up, Victor Osimhen doing so well, Iwobi and Chukwueze are also there.
“I thought about it, this is the right time for me to leave.”
Ighalo added: “It was a very difficult decision because I love playing for my country, anytime I am called to play for my country I always feel delighted to play.